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Faculty Mentor

Edward Kingston

Subject Area

Psychology

Abstract

This research investigated how an individual’s self-reported smoking status between the ages of 15 and 25 relates to an individual’s current attitude on recreational drug use. Participants responded to an online survey asking about their opinions of the wrongness of drug use in six categories. The group of participants who identified as a smoker between the ages of 15 and 25 has a significantly higher score than the group of participants who identified as a non-smoker during the same ages. The mean score for those who identified as a smoker (n=65) was 14.27. The mean score for those who identified as a non-smoker (n=67) was 10.57. There was a significant difference between the smokers and non-smokers, t(130) = 3.46, p < .05. This difference indicates smokers have a more accepting attitude regarding drug use than non-smokers.

Keywords

adolescents, attitudes towards drug use, gateway drug, risky behavior, smoking

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